Carlsbad, CA (October 6, 2016) – Data Scientist, Information Security Analyst, Software Engineer and Computer Systems Analyst are among the best jobs in IT & Engineering due to their competitive wages, high growth outlooks, and sheer importance to the evolving job landscape, according to a new CareerCast report. Network and Computer Systems Administrator, Petroleum Engineer, Web Developer, Environmental Engineer, Civil Engineer and Mechanical Engineer round out CareerCast’s top 10 jobs in IT & Engineering.

“Data Scientist and Information Security Analyst are burgeoning fields with a future that offers many exciting and still unknown possibilities for those breaking into these professions,” says Kyle Kensing, Online Content Editor, CareerCast. “Hiring growth outlook in the upper-teens to over 20 percent through the year 2024 unifies our best IT jobs.”

Advancements in data analysis technology have contributed to a 16% growth outlook for Data Scientists by 2024. Also contributing to the field’s projected boom: the variety of industries using data analytics, such as finance, marketing, education, healthcare, and retail.

Banks, medical centers, retailers -- all store invaluable customer and client information that requires dedicated Information Security Analysts to manage and protect. They are expected to stay up-to-date on the latest intelligence, including hackers' methodologies, in order to anticipate security breaches.

The explosion of Cloud-based storage drives the 18% growth outlook for Information Security Analysts. The outlook for Computer Systems Analyst is expected to jump another 21% in the next eight years. 

Growth for Software Engineers is projected at 17%, with an annual median salary in the low six-figures. Web Developers are also in high demand. The field’s growth outlook through 2024 is a robust 27%.

Petroleum Engineers command a median wage of $129,990, the highest of the 10 best jobs in IT and Engineering. Their high pay can be attributed to the new ways in which petroleum companies extract fossil fuels. 

Similarly, Environmental Engineers are tasked with developing best practices for the future of energy. Growing emphasis on new methods of generating power gives Environmental Engineers a high-growth outlook of 12%, and competitive, median wages of $84,560 annually.

Civil Engineer and Mechanical Engineer round out the best jobs in engineering. Heightened emphasis on improving infrastructure contributes to the strong pay prospects ($82,220 median) and steady growth outlook (8%) for Civil Engineers, while Mechanical Engineers can expect to command a median wage of $83,590.

Below are the 10 Best Jobs in IT & Engineering, per the 2016 Jobs Rated Report.


Annual Median Salary

Growth Outlook through 2024

Data Scientist



Information Security Analyst



Software Engineer



Computer Systems Analyst



Network & Computer Systems Admin.



Petroleum Engineer



Web Developer



Environmental Engineer



Civil Engineer



Mechanical Engineer



To see the full report, visit CareerCast.

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